Film Studies

Ana Hedberg Olenina, adjunct assistant professor

Ana Olenina

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2012
  • A.M. Harvard University, 2010
  • M.Phil. Cambridge University, 2005
  • B.A. Vilnius University, 2004

Ana Hedberg Olenina's teaching and research interests include international cinema of the silent period, the history of Russian and Soviet film, as well as film theory with an emphasis on media archeology and sensory experience. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, Psychomotor Aesthetics: Conceptions of Gesture and Affect in Russian and American Modernity, 1910s-1920s. This work traces the ways in which early film directors, actors, and performance theorists used the psychological ideas of their time to conceptualize expressive movement and transference of emotion. Dr. Olenina is a recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harvard Davis Center of Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain, and the Soros Foundation-Open Society Institute.


Peer-reviewed Articles

  • "The Doubly Wired Spectator: Marston's Psychophysiological Research on Cinematic Pleasure in the 1920s." Film History: An International Journal 27.1 (2015).
  • "Engineering Performance: Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Reflexology, and Labor Efficiency Studies," Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 35.3 (2013): 297-336.
  • "Scores of Movement: However Odd, on the Psychology of Acting in Lev Kuleshov's Workshop" ["Partitury dvizhenia: kak ni stranno, o psikhologii naturshchika u Kuleshova"], Kinovedcheskie zapiski 97 (2011): 20-50.

Chapters in Edited Anthologies

  • “Embodying the Literary Form: Approaches to the Corporeal Aspects of Poetry in the Works of Russian Formalists at the Institute of the Live Word and Beyond," Zhivoe slovo: logos, golos, dvizhenie, zhest [The Living Word: Logos, Voice, Movement, and Gesture], ed. Vladimir Feshchenko, Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2015, 456-480. 

  • "The Junctures of Children's Psychology and Soviet Film Avant-garde: Representations, Influences, Applications," The Brill Companion to Soviet Children's Literature and Film, ed. by Olga Voronina, Leiden: Brill Press - forthcoming.
  • "Moto-bio-cine-event: Constructions of Expressive Movement in Soviet Film Avant-garde," The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, ed. Douglas Rosenberg, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press - in print.

  • "Optical Distortions in Eisenstein's Strike: A Metaphor for New Vision." Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Film and History League Conference Nov. 8-12, 2006. Ed. Peter Rollins. CD-ROM. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Film and History Society, 2007.

Essays in Edited Reference Collections

  • "Aleksandr Potebnia," Reading with Eisenstein, ed. Luka Arsenjuk and Ada Ackerman, Montreal: Caboose Press - forthcoming.
  • "Ivan Pavlov," Reading with Eisenstein, ed. Luka Arsenjuk and Ada Ackerman, Montreal: Caboose Press - forthcoming.
  • "Aleksandra Khokhlova." Women Film Pioneers Project, ed. Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall'Asta, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, New York: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.

Curatorial Projects

  • Early Landmarks of Soviet Cinema (4 DVD box-set). Brochure essay "Montage Uprising" on Soviet avant-garde filmmakers Kuleshov, Eisenstein, Barnet, Vertov, Shub, Turin, and Kalatozov. Los Angeles: Flicker Alley, 2011. (In collaboration with Maksim Pozdorovkin).
  • Winner of The National Society of Film Critics' 2011 Award in the nomination "Film Heritage."

  • Miss Mend (Russia, 1926). Brochure essay "Miss Mend and Soviet Americanism" and a 22 min. documentary featurette "Miss Mend: A Whirlwind Vision of an Imagined America." Los Angeles: Flicker Alley, 2009. (In collaboration with Maksim Pozdorovkin).
    • DVD was reviewed by The New York Times and selected for The New York Times 2009 Annual Holiday Gift Guide in the category "Movies for Cinephiles.


Book Reviews

  • Polish Postcommunist Cinema by Ewa Mazierska. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 28.1 (2008).
  • Selected Essays by Vsevolod Pudovkin, ed. Richard Taylor. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 27.2 (2007).